Respecting Church Leaders

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Respecting Church Leaders” from Hebrews 13:7 & 17.

Hebrews 13:7 & 17 (ESV)

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

God intends that Christians in the church should respect their leaders.

  • Understand what makes a true Christian leader.
    • As those who do the work of evangelism.
    • As those who do the work of discipleship.
    • As those who are living examples.
    • As those who are troubled for men’s souls.
    • As those who are consciously accountable to God.
  • Understand what obedience and submission mean.
    • Submit when they preach the word to you.
    • Submit when they exhort and admonish you for the sake of your soul.
    • Submit when they direct the affairs of the church.
  • Understand how you should treat your Christian leaders.
    • Consider their lives and faith and imitate what is worthy.
    • Make their ministry a joy and not a matter of groaning.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Share about a time when you have had to respect someone in authority over you.
  • What makes a true Christian leader? Who are they accountable to?
  • What does it mean to be obedient and submit to our Christian leaders? Who calls us to do this?
  • How are we called to treat our Christian leaders?